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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

NLM FY2020 Grants Funding Plan

Introduction

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. For more about the library’s mission and organization, see https://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/index.html.

NLM’s Extramural Programs Division provides grants to support basic and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science, health information sciences, bioinformatics and public health informatics, as well as for research training in these areas. NLM offers two unique resource grant programs: NLM Information Resources to Reduce Health Disparities grants and Grants for Scholarly Works on biomedical topics.

Budget Data FY2020

Current Appropriation: The Department of Health and Human Services, including NIH, will operate under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, which was sign by President Trump on December 20, 2019.  The bill provides FY2020 appropriations to federal agencies through September 30, 2020.    

Legeslative mandates for FY2020 are avaliable at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-066.html. For the FY2020 budget period NLM will issue non-competing research grant awards at 95% of the previously committed level. Additional guidance on the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend levels, tuition/fees and salar limitations set at Executive Level II for the Federal Pay Scale are posted at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/trainingdirectors.html#NRSA.   

Funding Strategy: NLM restricts the number of new awards made during a continuing resolution to meritorious applications from Early Stage Investigators and/or applications focused on high-priority topics. 

Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the starting point for decisions about awards, along with innovation, potential impact of proposed research and portfolio balance.  NLM also considers the experience of the principal investigator as a decision factor, to assure that investigators at all levels of experience have research support. All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.

  • For experienced investigators, research project grant applications with Impact scores 23 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding
  • For Early Stage investigators (ESI) and New investigators seeking their first R01 research grant applications, applications with Impact scores of 30 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding.
  • For career transition awards, applications with Impact scores of 25 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding.
  • For fellowships, applications with Impact scores of 25 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding.

All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Last Reviewed: March 5, 2020